Wind overtakes natural gas as Ireland’s top source of electricity

Wind power surpassed natural gas as Ireland’s main source of electricity generation by an entire quarter for the first time.

electricity from wind turbines provided 43.8pc of the state’s total needs from January to March, compared with 37pc in the same quarter last year, according to the Irish Sustainable Energy Authority.

He said that natural gas – the main source of electricity generation here – provides 41.8% of Ireland’s needs in the first quarter of this year.

David Connolly, chief executive of the Irish Wind Energy Association, said that rapid growth in wind turbine generation is still not fast enough to meet the government’s 2030 targets. They require 70% of electricity to come from renewable sources , mainly the wind.

“It is essential, if we are to take advantage of this success, that the next government prioritizes the reform of our planning system so that we can develop wind energy on our shores and ensure that the new wind energy guidelines allow us to build the next generation of wind energy in Earth. farms, ”said Connolly.

“It can take eight to 12 years to develop a wind farm in Ireland. This means that any government serious about our 2030 goals has, at most, only a few years to make the right policy choices, ”he said.

Electricity generated by wind turbines in the first quarter totaled 3,390 gigawatt-hours (GWh) – equivalent to the average annual consumption of 737,000 homes. Natural gas produced 3,234 GWh.

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